As some of you might recall, I previously mentioned that I would be replacing my 2013 Yamaha VXR with a 2015 Yamaha FX Cruiser HO. Well, I finally brought the new PWC home and she looks mighty impressive!
First thing is how striking the white is. I like how there’s plenty of dark metallic grey to ease off the intensity of the whole thing though. It lacks in the youthful sportiness that the VXR displayed. But, it compensates with a nice, mature cruiser look which should appeal to it’s target buyers.
The other thing that stood out is just how BIG the whole thing looks. Which, is to be expected as it’s about a foot longer than the VXR and 4 inches wider and a few inches taller as well. Thankfully, Yamaha’s proprietary NanoXcel hull material pays off nicely by keeping the weight of the craft relatively low; At only 827 lbs, it’s a good chunk lighter than any of it’s direct competitors. Heck, it’s only 30lbs more than Sea Doo’s entry level GTS/GTI range. Plus, with the 1812cc 180hp engine under the seat, acceleration should still feel pretty sporty. The bow of the hull also features a much sharper V shape than the VXR (which was actually very rounded) which means it should slice through chop nicely.
The rest of the features include a TON of storage - Spacious at the bow, a wet storage compartment at the stern, an under-seat watertight storage container that can be removed to access the battery and a watertight cubby on the dash for cellphones and wallets with a small recess for Yamaha’s remote fob - , Cruise Assist, No wake mode, Electronic Trim, A super deep reboarding step, Yamaha’s awesome Cruiser Seat, Tilt Steering, Pull-Up cleats, An analog gauge for displaying your choice of RPM or Speed, Two small digital displays to show a bunch of info - Speed, trim, fuel, warnings etc - , two-tone Hydro-Turf (Though, let’s be honest, all PWCs have hydro-turf now), A nice and deep glove-box is also present with a removable foam insert that acts as a cup holder, there’s even a random cup holder on the dash which I think will likely be fairly useless and sketchy haha. Oh and let’s not forget about Yamaha’s new RiDE system, it’s answer to Sea Doo’s iBR.
I spent a good part of the evening exploring every nook and cranny of the craft. I also made sure to remove all of the dealership and non-regulatory warning labels from the craft after some of the pictures were taken. I noticed a few things after hopping onto the craft. First, the seat is very comfortable and roomy on all three positions and the rear bolsters provide good support for the lower back. The only issue is that the seat is a bit wide at the thighs for the driver but it’s something you can get used to. The tilt steering adjusts to four different positions. I liked the lowest setting for sitting down and the highest one proved perfect for standing.
Since most of the river is still frozen, an on-water review will have to wait. In the meantime, however, here are some pictures of the beast.
Whew! Done. Enjoy!